This Saturday night is the start of the festival of Hanukkah. Candles of the Menorah (Chanukiyah) are lit each night. When I was a little girl, people generally used a Chanukiyah with the traditional design of a metallic eight branched candelabra construction and a shamash positioned in the middle. However, I used a Chanukiyah constructed by my father from glass valves he used in his work. Ever since, the design of Menorahs has held a special interest for me. Nowadays, it is possible to buy Menorahs of all different shapes and designs, some with innovative technological features. There is even a variety of candles that can be used. Patent protection has been sought for innovative Hanukkah related articles including the Menorah, dreidel and donuts. One might expect design patents directed to the ornamental design of the Menorah, but more surprising are utility patents directed to the Menorah. In this post I would like to bring to your attention some of the utility patents/applications directed to the Menorah.
US Patent No. 6,491,516 to Tal et al. is directed to an active Hanukkah candelabrum. The Hanukkiah for carrying combustible candles includes a sense circuit coupled to an output circuit. The output circuit includes at least one of an electronic playback device, an electromechanical device, or a light source device, or a combination thereof. Sense circuit includes a flame-responsive circuit adapted and arranged to respond to a portion of energy emitted by a lit shamash candle of the Hanukkiah, and an RF receiver circuit adapted and arranged to respond to a portion of predetermined RF signal. A dreidel is further provided comprising a rotation-sensitive RF transmitting circuit for generating predetermined RF signals upon spinning of the dreidel. The flame of shamash and/or the spinning of dreidel are adapted to activate output circuit of Hanukkiah to provide entertaining audible and/or visual output.
US Patent No. 6,053,622 is directed to a wand activated electronic menorah. The menorah, is controlled by a microprocessor. The Menorah has a LED circuit operably connected to a power supply circuit, and a sensor capable of sending a signal to the microprocessor in response to external stimulus. The microprocessor controls whether a LED of the LED circuit emits light, and is capable of independently controlling a number of LEDs and responding to signals from a number of sensors.
US Patent Application, Publication No. 20090135600 is directed to an outdoor Menorah. The menorah contains a horizontal bar having a series of light bulbs disposed therein. A vertical support bar is perpendicularly attached to the horizontal bar and supports the menorah in an upright position. A grounding stake is provided that further supports the menorah and grounds the menorah in the event of a lightning strike.
US Patent Application, Publication No. 20100261124 is directed to a Menorah with candles that burn different colored flames. Each candle is configured to sustain a flame for at least 30 minutes and each candle includes exactly one wick. The plurality of candles is placed in the Menorah. A first set of the plurality of candles is configured to burn with a flame of a first color and a second set of the plurality of candles is configured to burn with a flame of a second color that is different from the first color.
IL Patent Application, Publication No. IL122323 is directed to a foldable Menorah shield casing. The casing includes a plurality of panels hingedly connected to each other, the panels being foldable to form a box having a base, at least one side wall, a roof and at least one door. The at least one door is transparent and adjoining panels are connected to each other by means of tape placed on opposing faces of the adjoining panels so that the adjoining panels are foldable to lie flat over each other about the hinge.
Happy Hanukkah and Seasonal Greetings.